Cocoa police officer shoots gunman fleeing traffic stop, officials say
Officer uninjured; Dana King arrested
COCOA, Fla. – A Cocoa police officer shot and wounded a convicted felon who ran from a traffic stop late Sunday, authorities said.
The traffic stop was initiated at 11:47 p.m. in the 300 block of Pineda Street.
Cocoa police said the officer attempted to stop a car, but the driver fled the car and ran into a backyard.
The officer ordered the man, identified by police as Dana King, 44, to stop, but he did not comply, officials said.
During a foot pursuit, police said King had a gun and the officer fired a shot at him, striking King in the leg, according to the arrest report. A Sig Sauer handgun was found nearby, according to the report. Police also later released a photo of the weapon.
King was detained and taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
King faces several felony charges, including possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine, according to the police report.
The officer, who was not injured, will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Police said King is a convicted felon with a Florida Department of Corrections history, mostly for drug convictions, dating back to 1994.
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